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First Blood Test to Diagnose Depression in Adults

September 17, 2014 | by Northwestern University | News | Comments

The first blood test to diagnose major depression in adults has been developed by Northwestern Medicine scientists, a breakthrough approach that provides the first objective, scientific diagnosis for depression. The test identifies depression by...

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The Pulse: Yawning at the Apple Watch and Diagnosing on the Go

September 18, 2014 10:23 am | by Jonathan Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

On this episode of the Pulse, we’re yawning at the Apple Watch, testing blood, urine or saliva in minutes, determining cancer treatment with a 3D printed heart, and tracking fitness with our feet. Apple Watch: Last week came the much...

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Stanford Researcher Leads International Trial to Compare Heart-Disease Treatments

September 18, 2014 10:04 am | by Tracie White, Science Writer, Stanford University School of Medicine | News | Comments

Researchers have announced the enrollment of the first patient in an international, multicenter clinical trial comparing the effectiveness of two different treatments for multivessel coronary artery disease. Coronary artery disease is the...

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Terminology, Training Take Center Stage at AAMI/FDA Ventilator Summit

September 18, 2014 9:48 am | by AAMI | News | Comments

To improve the safe and effective treatment of patients, healthcare delivery organizations and medical device manufacturers must standardize the nomenclature for ventilator technology and improve training for clinicians on these vital pieces of...

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Don't Go It Alone

September 18, 2014 8:30 am | by David Perry, Engineer, Boston Device Department | Blogs | Comments

Focus your efforts on identifying the key assumptions or biggest lingering questions around your new medical device, then build something small and focused to test them. Intuition and math can tell you something should work, but you don't...

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Multi-Purpose Swabs

September 18, 2014 8:30 am | by MDT Staff | Qosina | Product Releases | Comments

Qosina offers a wide selection of high quality and economical single-use swabs, in addition to its extensive line of single-use components. These products can be used for countless applications in the medical, biological, chemical, pharmaceutical, optical, electronic, industrial, cosmetic...

3-D Printing for Blood Recycling, Medical Developments

September 18, 2014 8:30 am | by Lindsay Hock, Managing Editor, R&D | Stratasys Inc. | Articles | Comments

Imagine your religious beliefs lied between you and your life. This is what happened in mid-April to Julie Penoyer, a 50-year-old U.K. heart patient and Jahovah’s Witness. Following her religious beliefs, her request when undergoing open-heart...

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Large Diameter Spring-Energized Seals

September 18, 2014 8:30 am | by MDT Staff | Bal Seal Engineering, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Bal Seal Engineering, Inc. has expanded its line of spring-energized seals to include large diameters – up to 120 in. ID – for slow-speed rotary and reciprocating medical applications. Bal Seal, a global provider of custom-engineered sealing...

Gel-Like Padding Could Help Cells Survive Injection and Heal Spinal Cord Injuries

September 17, 2014 2:39 pm | by Amy Adams, Stanford | News | Comments

It is a turbulent and sometimes deadly life for cells injected to heal injuries. The act of being squirted through a thin needle into the site of an injury jostles the delicate cells against each other and against the needle walls. Then, once...

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'Smart Material' Chin Strap Harvests Energy from Chewing

September 17, 2014 11:52 am | by Institute of Physics | News | Comments

A chin strap that can harvest energy from jaw movements has been created by a group of researchers in Canada. It is hoped that the device can generate electricity from eating, chewing and talking, and power a number of small-scale implantable...

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Do Wearable Lifestyle Activity Monitors Really Work?

September 17, 2014 11:48 am | by University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston | News | Comments

Wearable electronic activity monitors hold great promise in helping people to reach their fitness and health goals. These increasingly sophisticated devices help the wearers improve their wellness by constantly monitoring their activities and bodily...

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Sharks' Skin Has Teeth in the Fight Against Hospital Superbugs

September 17, 2014 11:35 am | by BioMed Central | News | Comments

Transmission of bacterial infections, including MRSA and MSSA could be curbed by coating hospital surfaces with microscopic bumps that mimic the scaly surface of shark skin, according to research published in the open access journal Antimicrobial...

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New Radiosurgery Technology Provides Highly Accurate Treatment, Greater Patient Comfort

September 17, 2014 11:29 am | by Henry Ford Health System | News | Comments

A new stereotactic radiosurgery system provides the same or a higher level of accuracy in targeting cancer tumors – but offers greater comfort to patients and the ability to treat multiple tumors at once – when compared to other radiation therapy...

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New Gene Research Helps Pinpoint Prostate Cancer Risk

September 17, 2014 10:54 am | by Queensland University of Technology | News | Comments

Scientists could soon better predict a man's risk of getting prostate cancer after a worldwide team of researchers carried out the largest-ever analysis of the cancer's genetic biomarkers, reported in Nature Genetics today. QUT Institute of...

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Making Quantum Dots Glow Brighter

September 17, 2014 10:24 am | by American Institute of Physics (AIP) | News | Comments

Researchers from the University of Alabama in Huntsville and the University of Oklahoma have found a new way to control the properties of quantum dots, those tiny chunks of semiconductor material that glow different colors depending on their...

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Recruiting Bacteria to Be Technology Innovation Partners

September 17, 2014 10:19 am | by Wyss Institute | News | Comments

For most people biofilms conjure up images of slippery stones in a streambed and dirty drains. While there are plenty of "bad" biofilms around – they even cause pesky dental plaque and a host of other more serious medical problems – a team at...

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